An opera for social justice

Frances “Katie” Pollock, a 2012 graduate of the Furman music program, has composed an opera based on the story of 14-year-old George Stinney, Jr., a South Carolina youth who was wrongly convicted in the 1940’s of murdering two girls and became the youngest person to be executed in the 20th century. The opera, “Stinney,” is […]


Ghosts and songs of the apocalypse

We live in a world of ghosts, says author and Furman English professor Joni Tevis. In her new collection of essays, “The World is on Fire: Scrap, Treasure and Songs of the Apocalypse,” Tevis embarks on journeys to places that are haunted with remnants of the past, responding to them both emotionally and intellectually, trying […]


Mastering the “green” classroom

“Green thinking” has moved into classrooms, where students earn degrees specifically focused on sustainability studies or add an Earth-friendly spin to more traditional majors. Furman launched its sustainability science major in 2011, which allows students to explore connections between the environment, economics and social systems. The university’s efforts in this area were included in an […]


A tip of the graduation cap to Luke Christie

Luke Christie has never taken a walk, can’t cut his own steak and can’t put himself to bed, but when you talk to him, you tend to forget his physical challenges. He’s articulate, intelligent, funny and personable. It’s infectious, really. On May 9, Christie, who was born with spinal muscular atrophy, did something remarkable: he earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Furman. Even more remarkable, he was named the top male graduate in his class, earning the Bradshaw-Feaster Medal for General Excellence given by Furman’s faculty. What the 2015 Furman graduate was able to accomplish while attending the university was chronicled in a front-page article in The Greenville News.


Comparing South Carolina’s road plans

The poor condition of South Carolina’s roads makes traveling more hazardous and costly, and hurts the state economically. But how do the competing road plans stack up economically? To answer that, Furman economics professor Robert Arden compared the plan proposed by Gov. Nikki Haley and the one passed by the House for their effects on […]

It’s never too late to get degree

Bob Anderson had built a 15-year career in IT support as a contractor for Ford Motor Company, but what he really wanted to do was teach science. So he turned to Greenville Technical College, where he earned an associate of arts degree last May and is now wrapping up a second degree, an associate of […]


Marks of leadership

Elizabeth Davis has been cracking gender ceilings for a long time, so recognition as Furman’s first female president doesn’t really resonate with her. “I understand the significance, but I don’t think in terms of ‘first female,’” she says about becoming the university’s 12th president on July 1, 2014. “I never have felt gender related barriers […]

Furman’s football pioneer

When Furman first sought to integrate its football team in 1969, it found what appeared to be an extraordinary candidate directly outside its gates. Rodney Acker earned the highest score among African-American students in Greenville County on the SAT. He was a standout football player at Beck High School. So four years after Joseph Vaughn […]


Taylor joins NPR political blog

National Public Radio announced recently that Jessica Taylor, a 2007 Furman graduate, will come on board to bolster its new political blog. Taylor, who joined The Hill newspaper in Washington, D.C., as a campaign editor last January, will be NPR’s lead writer for the political blog.  She begins those new duties in May, according to […]


A survivor of Rwanda

At the start of April each year, Jonathan Kubakundimana gets a familiar feeling of sadness in the pit of his stomach. The feeling has descended on the 21-year-old Furman student and Rwanda native each year since he was old enough to understand the genocide that took place in his country 21 years ago. Kubakundimana, a […]